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Rocking at Rocketown

posted Jan 5, 2012, 2:26 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated Jan 5, 2012, 2:30 PM ]

Well I wasn’t supposed to be able to go to the show at Rocketown on December 3

rd. I was supposed to be down in Savannah, GA conducting a shoot out but the planets aligned, and those plans fell through, allowing me to attend one awesome night of headbanging fun. The day started out as I road tripped up to Nashville with my buddies in CoveredScars. I’d only been to Rocketown for one other show, Demon Hunter back in 2008, and that was just an amazing show. We were all really stoked to get there and see what was in store for that night. Due to private events being held there that night, the show was in the Flex Room. It was a lot smaller than what we had envisioned but that didn’t dampen the night at all.

 

First up was Affliction Asylum and they really brought it that night. They really have a nice tight rock sound. They had several fans that followed them to the show and they let their screams of approval be heard. What really impresses me about AA is their heart for witnessing. Their lead singer, Jeremy, really gets it. He didn’t get to talk as much as he did the night before at the Warehouse in Chattanooga, TN because of time constraints, but he did stress about how God loves us as we are. He has an amazing testimony and if you get a chance to see them, be sure to talk to him.

 

Next came Reform the Resistance from Nashville. Reform the Resistance consists of former members of Justifide, a Christian Rock band from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. RTR really had a lot different of a sound than any of the other bands that night. Jason said that they couldn’t get all of their equipment in the smaller room, so they weren’t able to play their heavier music. They ended their set with Starlight, much to the delight of some of their fans.

 

CoveredScars was on third and they were on fire. Stoked to be on stage for the second time in two nights, they played a lot of new songs from an upcoming album they are about to record. They had people moving from the front of the room all the way back to the old man sitting in a chair at the back. Their new song Flinch was definitely the highlight of their set.

 

Awake the Suffering was the highlight set of the night for me. After close to a year’s hiatus, they are back, and they are more brutal than ever! Fuzz has taken over lead vocals, and this was only his second show on vocals. Their new drummer, Kenny, was just outstanding too. It was only his second metal show, and he was a real breath of fresh air. They started getting the moshing going that night and really just brought a killer show. They are one of the heavier Christian metal bands that I have ever heard. I saw them live for the first time last year, and right after that show, they went on hiatus. They announced they are working on a new album, so watch out for ATS in 2012.

 

Beyond Bethel kept up the party. One of the great things about a Beyond Bethel set is they seem to always bring it every show I’ve seen them perform. The crowd is always into it, even if the crowd is small. The people there are definitely moving! Tonight was no exception. Jonathan’s singing and screaming are just amazing, as is the whole band’s sound. I remember the first time I heard BB when they opened for Disciple a year and a half ago, and I was blown away by how mature their sound was compared to a lot of the local scene bands. They’ve grown a lot more since then.

 

Morior Invictus ended the night on a high note. Their new guitarist, Josh, was just awesome! MI is another band that I always love seeing. Joel’s vocals are always fierce and brutal. They are a band that holds the metal flag high in spite of the onslaught of the mediocre core type bands that seem to be a dime a dozen. I would be shocked of Morior Invictus isn’t a big player on the national metal scene very shortly. They lost some momentum with lineup changes after their debut album release this summer, but get ready because here they come.

 

It was a great night of metal. Robert, the guy at Rocketown that booked the show, was an awesome guy and a true metal head. He did an amazing job setting up the show and kept things running pretty smoothe. It was a great night of music, and a great night of fellowship with the bands. What I love about the Christian metal scene, is the love of people that these guys have. I know a lot of the bands personally, and their heart for ministry is the priority for these guys. Some people see their tattoos, hear the guttural screams and growls, and they come to their own conclusions. To me they are an inspiration, guys that know they aren’t perfect and admit their faults. They know and have experienced the love and acceptance of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and are reaching out to those of us that aren’t perfect, sharing the fact that God loves us just as we are. You just can’t beat that.   
 
Words by: Ricky Davis
Photos by: TRD Photograhpy
 
 
 
 
 
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